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Dr Lili Song

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LLB (SHUFE) LLM (ECUPL) PhD (Wellington)

Lili’s research interests include refugee law, law of the sea, Pacific law, Chinese law, and public international law issues relating to China or South Pacific island states. She has gratefully received research grants/fellowships from institutions in New Zealand, Australia, Vanuatu, the US, China, and South Korea and has conducted field work in Myanmar, South Korea, China, India, and Cook Islands. Her book on Chinese refugee law and policy is forthcoming with Cambridge University Press.

Prior to joining the Faculty, Lili taught at the University of the South Pacific in Vanuatu for about three years. She has held research or visiting positions at Oxford University, Melbourne University, the Michigan Law School, the Australian National University, the Humanities Institute in Myanmar, and Northwestern University in the US. Before entering academia, she worked as a lawyer at an international law firm and then as an in-house counsel at an international commercial bank, both in Shanghai, China.

Lili serves on the advisory board of RefLaw.org, an e-blog/journal launched by the Michigan Law School, and regularly provides Country of Origin Information reports to asylum courts and tribunals. She is a member of the Centre for Global Migrations (University of Otago) and the Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network.

Contact

Email lili.song@otago.ac.nz

Select publications

Zhongguo chujing rujing guanlifa zhong de rendao tiaokuan tanxi [Examination of Humanitarian Clauses in the Chinese Exit and Entry Administration Law]” in Yaohui Wang and Guofu Liu (eds.) liudong yu zhili: quanqiu rencai, yimin yu yimifa [Movement and Governance: Global Talent, Migration and Migration Law] (World Knowledge Press, Beijing, 2019) 162-172.

“The Curious History of the Minerva Reefs: Tracing the Origin of Tongan and Fijian Claims over the Minerva Reefs” (2019) 54(3) Journal of Pacific History 417-430.

“Strengthening Responsibility Sharing with South–South Cooperation: China’s Role in the Global Compact on Refugees” (2019) I30(4) International Journal of Refugee Law 687-690.

“The Power of Giving: China Deepens Involvement in Refugee Affairs” in J Golley et al (eds.) China Story Yearbook: Power(Australian National University Press, Canberra, 2019) 313-316.

“Revisiting Ocean Boundary Disputes in the South Pacific in Light of the South China Sea Arbitration: A Legal Perspective” (with M Mosses) (2018) 33(4) International Journal of Marine and Coastal Law 768–79.

“China and the International Refugee Protection Regime: Past, Present, and Potentials” (2018) 37(2) Refugee Survey Quarterly 139-16.

“Forced Migration of Ethnic Kachins from Myanmar to China: Law and Politics behind China’s Response” (2018) 27(2) Asian and Pacific Migration Journal 190-208.

“Refugee Status Determination by South Pacific Island States: Legal Overview, Recent Developments, and Brief Critique” (06.2018) RefLaw.org (reproduced in RefLex the journal of the Asia Pacific Chapter of the International Association of Refugee and Migration Judges Vol 3 issue 2)

“Refugees or Border Residents from Myanmar? The Status of Displaced Ethnic Kachins and Kokangs in Yunnan Province, China” (2017) 29(3) International Journal of Refugee Law 466-48.

“Namah v Pato [2016] PGSC 13; SC1497 (26 April 2016): Unconstitutionality of Transfer and Detention of Asylum Seekers from Australia to Papua New Guinea” (2016, issues 2) Journal of South Pacific Law 193-206.

“No Easy Refuge in Ancestral Land: Kokang Refugees Receive Inadequate Humanitarian Assistance and Legal Protection in China” (05.2015) Rights in Exile (online)

“Who Shall We Help? The Refugee Definition in a Chinese Context” (2014) 33(1) Refugee Survey Quarterly 44-5.

“Refugee Protection in China: Recent Legal and Policy Developments” (09.2014) Rights in Exile (online)

“A Step Forward: China’s New Exit-Entry Law and Legal Protection for Refugees in China” (08.2013) Advocate (Wellington Young Lawyers’ Committee magazine) 20-21.

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Publications

Song, L. (2019). The power of giving: China deepens involvement in refugee affairs. In J. Golley, L. Jaivin, P. J. Farrelly & S. Strange (Eds.), China Story Yearbook: Power. (pp. 313-316). Canberra, Australia: ANU Press. doi: 10.22459/CSY.2019

Song, L. (2019). 中国《出境入境管理法》中的人道条款探析 [Examination of humanitarian clauses in the Chinese exit and entry administration law]. In Y. Wang & G. Liu (Eds.), 流动与治理:全球人才、移民与移民法 [Mobility and governance: Global talents, migrants and migration law]. (pp. 162-172). Beijing, China: World Knowledge Press.

Song, L. (2019). The curious history of the Minerva Reefs: Tracing the origin of Tongan and Fijian claims over the Minerva Reefs. Journal of Pacific History. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/00223344.2019.1573664

Song, L. (2019, September). The curious history of the Minerva Reefs: Tracing the origin of Tongan and Fijian claims. Verbal presentation at the Otago Pacific Academic Staff Caucus (PASC) Inaugural Symposium, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Song, L. (2018). Strengthening responsibility sharing with South–South cooperation: China’s role in the global compact on refugees. International Journal of Refugee Law, 30(4), 687-690. doi: 10.1093/ijrl/eey059

Other Research Output

Song, L., (2018, June). Refugee status determination by South Pacific island countries: Legal overview, recent developments, and a brief critique [RefLaw]. Retrieved from http://www.reflaw.org/refugee-status-determination-by-south-pacific-island-states-legal-overview-recent-developments-and-a-brief-critique

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Chapter in Book - Research

Song, L. (2019). The power of giving: China deepens involvement in refugee affairs. In J. Golley, L. Jaivin, P. J. Farrelly & S. Strange (Eds.), China Story Yearbook: Power. (pp. 313-316). Canberra, Australia: ANU Press. doi: 10.22459/CSY.2019

Song, L. (2019). 中国《出境入境管理法》中的人道条款探析 [Examination of humanitarian clauses in the Chinese exit and entry administration law]. In Y. Wang & G. Liu (Eds.), 流动与治理:全球人才、移民与移民法 [Mobility and governance: Global talents, migrants and migration law]. (pp. 162-172). Beijing, China: World Knowledge Press.

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Journal - Research Article

Song, L. (2019). The curious history of the Minerva Reefs: Tracing the origin of Tongan and Fijian claims over the Minerva Reefs. Journal of Pacific History. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/00223344.2019.1573664

Song, L. (2018). Strengthening responsibility sharing with South–South cooperation: China’s role in the global compact on refugees. International Journal of Refugee Law, 30(4), 687-690. doi: 10.1093/ijrl/eey059

Song, L. (2018). Forced migration of ethnic Kachins from Myanmar to China: Law and politics behind China's response. Asian & Pacific Migration Journal, 27(2), 190-208. doi: 10.1177/0117196818766905

Song, L. (2018). China and the international refugee protection regime: Past, present, and potentials. Refugee Survey Quarterly, 37(2), 139-161. doi: 10.1093/rsq/hdy003

Song, L., & Mosses, M. (2018). Revisiting ocean boundary disputes in the South Pacific in light of the South China Sea arbitration: A legal perspective. International Journal of Marine & Coastal Law, 33(4), 768-798. doi: 10.1163/15718085-12333079

Song, L. (2017). Refugees or border residents from Myanmar? The status of displaced ethnic Kachins and Kokangs in Yunnan Province, China. International Journal of Refugee Law, 29(3), 466-487. doi: 10.1093/ijrl/eex031

Song, L. (2014). Who shall we help? The refugee definition in a Chinese context. Refugee Survey Quarterly, 33(1), 44-58. doi: 10.1093/rsq/hdt022

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Journal - Research Other

Song, L. (2016). Namah v Pato [2016] PGSC 13; SC1497 (26 April 2016): Unconstitutionality of transfer and detention of asylum seekers from Australia to Papua New Guinea. Journal of South Pacific Law, (2), 193-206.

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Journal - Professional & Other Non-Research Articles

Song, L. (2015). No easy refuge in ancestral land: Kokang refugees receive inadequate humanitarian assistance and legal protection in China. Rights in Exile, (May).

Song, L. (2014). Refugee protection in China: Recent legal and policy developments. Rights in Exile, (September).

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Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Song, L. (2019, September). The curious history of the Minerva Reefs: Tracing the origin of Tongan and Fijian claims. Verbal presentation at the Otago Pacific Academic Staff Caucus (PASC) Inaugural Symposium, Dunedin, New Zealand.

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